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#NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov will look to pull off another stunning upset on Thursday in Rome.

Nadal-Shapovalov: Can #NextGenATP Canadian Repeat His Montreal Performance?

Two meet for the second time in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series on Thursday

Fans have probably become pros at it by now, but at the time, when Denis Shapovalov upset No. 2 Rafael Nadal at the 2017 Rogers Cup in Montreal last August, millions of tennis enthusiasts likely had to consult the Internet to learn how to pronounce the #NextGenATP Canadian's surname.

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By now, however, the 19-year-old left-hander has become a household name for tennis aficionados, a status aided by his semi-final run in Canada, where he become the youngest ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-finalist (since 1990). Last year, Shapovalov also reached the fourth round at the US Open and qualified for the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.

(It's “sha-poh-VAH-lov” by the way.)

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This year, Shapovalov has shown he's here to stay on the ATP World Tour. He reached his second Masters 1000 semi-final last week in Madrid, clinching a spot in the Top 30 of the ATP Rankings (No. 29). On Tuesday, the left-hander guaranteed his status as top Canadian come 21 May by upsetting Czech veteran Tomas Berdych. A day later, he secured a rematch with Nadal by beating Dutchman Robin Haase in three sets at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome.

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Few, however, will expect a repeat performance from Shapovalov. Nadal is 15-1 on clay this year and has dropped only two sets – both of which came last week during his Mutua Madrid Open quarter-final against Dominic Thiem.

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The Spaniard, No. 2 in the ATP Rankings, has looked like his dominant self so far in Rome. He dropped only one game during his opener on Wednesday against two-time ATP World Tour titlist Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Spaniard is searching for a record eighth Rome title after winning his 11th titles at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters (d. Nishikori) and the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (d. Tsitsipas).

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On Court Pietrangeli, fans will be treated to a Top-10 matchup when No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro and No. 10 David Goffin face off for the third time in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series (1-1). Del Potro is looking to make his first quarter-final of the clay-court season after falling in the third round last week in Madrid.

Goffin, meanwhile, will try to pad what's already been a good start to the European clay-court swing. The Belgian made the quarter-finals in Monte-Carlo, the semi-finals in Barcelona and the third round last week in the Spanish capital.

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Following Nadal-Shapovalov on Court Centrale, Novak Djokovic will try to beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas for the sixth consecutive time in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series (5-0). Djokovic, on the comeback from right elbow surgery, is also looking to make his first quarter-final of 2018.

In other action, two-time quarter-finalist (2017, 2011) Marin Cilic of Croatia meets France's Benoit Paire; second seed Alexander Zverev will try to win his 11th consecutive match against Brit Kyle Edmund, who's at a career-high of No. 19 in the ATP Rankings; and 10th seed Pablo Carreno Busta plays Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene.

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